Russian Circles @ Lincoln Hall

Russian Circles – Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL on April 10, 2022 – Blood Year tour

Picked up tickets to see Russian Circles at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL sometime back in October 2021. Shows were originally scheduled for January but due to an injury to someone in the band it got rescheduled for April 2022 and the two shows were combined into one. One silver lining is that COVID-19 infection/hospitalization … Read more

mewithoutYou @ X-Ray Arcade

mewithoutYou - X-Ray Arcade, Cudahy WI on January 10, 2022 - Brother Sister 15 and 16 Year Anniversary Tour

2022 also starting with back-to-back winter concerts. Also again it’s mewithoutYou (setlist here). Tonight it’s in Cudahy, Wisconsin at the X-Ray Arcade which itself is an interesting place that looks like a tiny dive from outside but has a relatively large music area inside that I didn’t expect. Crowd was packed shoulder-to-shoulder and while it’s … Read more

mewithoutYou @ Lincoln Hall

mewithoutYou - Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL on January 9, 2022 - Brother Sister 15 and 16 Year Anniversary Tour

2022 getting started with some winter concert action at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, Illinois to see mewithoutYou. I bought the tickets back in October when the tour was announced being optimistic that COVID-19 wouldn’t ruin it and thankfully, other than the opener Unwed Sailor dropping off due to positive tests, the show went on (mostly) … Read more

Lead Free Shotgun Patterning @ McMiller Sports Center

McMiller Sports Center - Fancy-pants Instagram photoshoot at shotgun patterning range

During winter I applied & was successfully awarded a tag for spring turkey hunting in Wisconsin. Now that spring was knocking on the door it was time to sort out my gear. I’ve never hunted turkey before so this was all new but an exciting challenge to embark on. The more daunting task was trying … Read more

mewithoutYou @ Concord Music Hall

Concord Music Hall - mewithoutYou

Was able to see my favorite band mewithoutYou again January 2020 at Concord Music Hall in Chicago, IL during Thrice’s 15 year anniversary tour for the album “Vheissu”. Venue has a no camera policy so everything was taken in potato vision from my iPhone 8. Best photo was before the show during sound checks when … Read more

Superstition Mountain – Lost Dutchman Museum

Lost Dutchman Museum - Elvis Memorial Chapel

Last stop on this trip and for 2019 as a whole. I had to stay close to the airport in Phoenix to catch my flight. I tried a few local parks and attractions within the city area but it’s Sunday with perfect weather so everything is overrun and crowded. Struck out a couple times before … Read more

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park - Bridge from Viewpoint 1

Driving back from Sedona towards Phoenix, I had time for just one more stop before sundown.  Took a quick look at my map & notes and decided to try out Tonto Natural Bridge State Park in Pine, Arizona. The entrance road is paved but very steep with extremely high grades. Once at the bottom there … Read more

Sedona Airport Scenic Lookout

Sedona Airport Scenic Lookout

Made my way into Sedona, Arizona with intentions on exploring it for the rest of the day. Turns out today was their “Festival of Lights”, a large winter event. It also turns out today is Saturday (which I lost track of) and frankly Sedona is not the place I’d suggest visiting on a weekend. I … Read more

Tuzigoot National Monument

Tuzigoot National Monument - View of the pueblo ruins

Continuing the Arizona cultural tour around the Coconino National Forest area, my next stop is at Tuzigoot National Monument in Clarkdale. It’s a relatively small National Monument geographically but still worth a visit if history and archaeology interest you. For this location escpecially it is crucial to see the visitor center. There are many artifacts … Read more

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument - Cliff dwellings

Today I decided to head north and check out the sights with the idea of seeing Sedona and anything that is of interest along the way. It’s a long drive from Benson and traffic is stupid busy on a Saturday but beggars like me can’t be choosers. No matter, I headed north on I-10 and … Read more